Spanish Red Cross sends two planes with aid to Tunisia

4th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Spanish branch of the Red Cross will send two planes Friday carrying more than 20 tonnes of aid to Tunisia for the thousands of people fleeing unrest in neighbouring Libya, a spokesman said.

The two Antonov cargo planes were to take off from the military airbase at Torrejon de Ardoz near Madrid for Tunis at 2 pm (1300 GMT), he said.

"The planes are all loaded and ready to go. From Tunis the aid will be transported by land to the border area," the spokesman said.

The aid includes two ambulances, two all-terrain vehicles, medicine, blankets and tents.

The Spanish government on Thursday sent a plane to Tunisia to ferry aid and help airlift home thousands of Egyptians fleeing the unrest in Libya.

The plane took five tonnes of humanitarian aid, including 400 kilos (880 pounds) of medicine, 900 blankets and 40 field tents, to Tunisia.

It is expected to transport some 4,000 people from Tunisia to Egypt over the next week.

© 2011 AFP

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